Branden Albert injury: Chiefs OT leaves game with back injury

Peter Aiken

The offensive lineman has been dealing with tightness in his back all week.

The Kansas City Chiefs offensive line took a big hit as left tackle Branden Albert went down with a back injury and is questionable for a return into the game against the Cincinatti Bengals.

Albert was listed as questionable on the Chiefs' injury report all week with tightness in his lower back prior to the game. The five-year veteran hasn't missed a game all season and the only available backup for him is rookie Donald Stephenson.

He was the Chiefs' first-round pick in the 2008 NFL draft, chosen 15th overall out of the University of Virginia. He was only the second freshman to start on the offensive line for Virginia since 1972. Ever since moving into the starting lineup in 2011, Albert has been hasn't missed a game.

The Chiefs are now down to two rookies on an offensive line that has had its fair share of struggles over the course of the season.

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